Yoga philosophy, the poetry of the mystics, an examination of oppression, a juicy novel… what’s on your bedside table right now?

Here are our top 5 current reads.

The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart – Holly Ringland

Set between sugar cane fields by the sea, a native Australian flower farm, and a celestial crater in the central desert, this debut novel explores how our untold stories haunt us – and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

Love Poems From God – David Landinsky

This luminous collection brings together the timeless work of twelve of the world’s finest spiritual writers, six from the East and six from the West. Ecstatic love poems, loving observations of nature, freeing humour and sensual verse that synthesises Hindu, Muslim, and Christian beliefs.

Me and White Supremacy: How to Recognise Your Privilege, Combat Racism and Change the World – Layla Saad

An unflinching examining of the ways people with white privilege are complicit in upholding the oppressive system of white supremacy. A worldwide awakening to the harm inflicted on Black, Indigenous and People of Colour, and opportunity to take ownership of our personal anti-racism work.

Healing Mantras – Thomas Ashley-Farrand

Mantras, or simple chants, are short phrases packed with energy and intention – specifically designed to generate powerful sound waves that promote healing, insight, creativity, and spiritual growth. This book is a practical guide on how to use these sacred sounds, passed down from the sages of India, the classical scientists of ancient Greece, and the medieval monks of Europe, in everyday life.

The Bhagavad Gita – translated by Eknath Easwaran

The Bhagavad Gita opens dramatically on a battlefield, as the warrior Arjuna turns in anguish to his spiritual guide, Sri Krishna, for answers to the fundamental questions of life. As Easwaran points out, “The battlefield is a perfect backdrop, but the Gita’s subject is the war within, the struggle for self-mastery that every human being must wage” to live a life that is meaningful, fulfilling, and worthwhile.

Love to know more about the origins of yoga and how to live the practice in today’s modern world? Join Rachael Coopes and Aimee Pedersen for Embodying Philosophy and Theming from 16 October 2020.

Aimee Pedersen Aimee Pedersen is a yoga teacher, actress and writer. She has found a deeper and more authentic relationship with movement and ultimately herself, through the practice of yoga. Her practice and… VIEW PROFILE
Rachael Coopes Teacher Trainer, Yoga Teacher

Rachael is a yoga teacher, Play School presenter, mother, and story teller. Her heart lies in the act of “creating”, across many forms, sharing stories and yoga philosophy in a playful, authentic and meaningful way.

In her 20 year career as a story-teller, she has written, directed, produced and performed in film, tv and theatre in Australia, the UK and US. She's danced on the Play School stage for thousands of ecstatic toddlers, developed engaging television for kids, and written award-winning theatre for the complex brains of teenagers.

Over the past decade, she's shared the movement and philosophy of yoga with urban yogis, explored the incredible stories of young people in remote NT, and used the creative to inspire and educate leaders in the corporate space.

Passionate about collaborating and connecting, she believes we should THRIVE, not survive. She loves the conscious act of making, and empowering people to find their joy.

Rachael’s background in movement spans 25 years, firstly as a rhythmic gymnast and later studying French physical theatre in Paris at L’Ecole Philippe Gaulier. She has completed over 800 hours of certification under the guidance of Jessica Stickler as well as the 300 hour Jivamukti, 200 hour Samadhi and 30 hour Samadhi Prenatal Teacher Trainings. Recently she completed the Maty Ezraty 100 Hour The Heart of a Teacher Yoga Teacher Training. She continues to study with beloved teacher Manorama D'Alvia, who constantly leads her down the rabbit hole of yoga philosophy in the most profound and joyous way.

Her classes are a creative exploration into the philosophy and psychology of yoga. Rachael is eternally grateful to all her teachers, especially Mary Ezraty, Manorama, Sharon Gannon, David Life, Yogeswari, Katie Manitsas, Jessica Stickler, Eileen Hall, Bianca Machliss and Katie Agnew.